BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Bluefield officials plan to revise an animal ordinance in the wake of a ruling that says the city can’t euthanize vicious dogs.
The ordinance authorizes the city judge to order the destruction of vicious dogs. The West Virginia Supreme Court says the city doesn’t have that authority.
The court’s ruling came last October in an appeal of a municipal court order mandating that a woman’s pit bull be put down.
City manager Dane Rideout tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1JGW6A0 ) that the proposed amendment would eliminate the language authorizing the destruction of vicious dogs.
Another proposed change would allow code enforcement officers to issue tickets for animal violations.
Both amendments are scheduled for first reading by the city Board of Directors on Jan. 27.
Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com
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